Proviso High Schools Moving Forward
July 18, 2016 09:59 AM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 can look forward to different approaches to education, district administrators said at the District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting on July 12 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
In his first meeting as the district’s superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez was welcomed by Mrs. Teresa D. McKelvy, president of the Board of Education, and applause from other Board members and the audience.
"We look forward to working with you and hearing your new ideas," Mrs. McKelvy said.
Dr. Rodríguez said that he looked forward to hearing ideas from district stakeholders and the community to make District 209 great.
"With the administration, the teachers, the security staff, maintenance staff, secretaries, and other district employees and partners, under the direction of this wonderful Board, we’re going to take Proviso from good to great," Dr. Rodríguez said. "I’m here to serve, here to work with you, and here to make sure that we create a great school system exemplified by our vision."
Mrs. McKelvy also talked about her recent trip to the offices of Google in Chicago with students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA for a technology summit. She said that events such as that as well as a similar technology summit that Facebook will host at Malcolm X College in Chicago on July 20.
"It was to let students know that technology is a viable career field," Mrs. McKelvy said.
The Board also approved revisions to the student uniform description. Under the new description, students must wear polo shirts, cardigans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleece tops in their respective school colors and with the school logo. White and black shirts will not be allowed. The district will transition to the logoed shirts during the 2016-2017 school year with the approval of a vendor to provide the shirts for students to purchase.
In addition, the Board approved shifting the hours for the Proviso Evening School to 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The DREAM school truancy program will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with online coursework and support services administered. The PEACE Evening Alternative Program will be held between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with similar programs administered.
The Proviso Evening School is run in cooperation with the West 40 Intermediate Service Center.
The Board also approved the renewal of the contract with Achieve 3000 (Empower 3000) literacy tool. The tool provides personalized learning programs to address the diverse needs of our students.
"The idea with personalized learning is to create the conditions of acceleration for all learners," Dr. Rodríguez said. "We will focus on the student profile, pathways to learning, and proficiency for all students.
The Board and the superintendent also heard presentations from Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East High School, and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, on the preliminary school improvement plans at their respective schools.